Educational Support Facilities and Services




Opened in the fall of 2007, the Library, named the Walter M. Bortz III Library in 2009, is an integral resource in the education offered by Hampden- Sydney, with a collection that supports the College's liberal-arts curriculum and a staff ready to assist students and faculty in its use. The ability to use an academic library with confidence is one of the distinctive marks of an educated person. By means of formal and informal instruction in research methods, students are encouraged to progress from the heavy reliance on textbooks and assigned readings characteristic of the freshman to the independent work of the graduate scholar.

The Walter M. Bortz III Library provides an open and inviting atmosphere for study and learning. The wireless configuration of the building makes it easy for students and faculty to use either laptops or desktops provided on every floor. Group study rooms are available for use and convenient carrels and tables provide quiet space for study. Containing more than 250,000 volumes, 280 periodicals, and more than 19,000 e-journals, an extensive media collection, and government documents, the collection is arranged in open stacks on the third floor, with bound periodicals located on the first floor. Open 103 hours per week, the Library provides a pleasant environment for work and study whether individually or in groups. The public services staff provides assistance weekdays and most evenings, and conducts classes on library research methods. Through the College's centralized computer network, users can access the Library's on-line catalogue, more than 19,000 full-text journals and newspapers, and a variety of national and international indexes and databases. Access is available via computers located in the Library itself, in dormitories, and in academic buildings.

The Walter M. Bortz III Library also supports and makes available the College's Blackboard software. This software enables faculty to place their courses online. Currently 80% of course sections are available in an online format. Students may consult syllabi, participate in online class discussions, engage in group networking, visit external links, and exchange papers with faculty. Access to Blackboard is available at any time, from any computer, anywhere in the world.

The Fuqua International Communications Center (FICC), located on the first floor of the Walter M. Bortz III Library, houses an extensive collection of sound and video resources for use in the Center or for loan. In encouraging students and faculty to make appropriate use of media, the FICC meets their particular needs through such services as circulating audio/visual resources, consulting on projects involving instructional technology, and aiding in the production of educational media. Digital image-scanning, multimedia production, videotape production/editing, and audio/videotape duplication resources and instruction are available by appointment.

In addition to three multimedia viewing rooms, the Center houses the Jessie Ball duPont Classroom for use by faculty and students wishing to present media formats to larger groups.


The mission of John B. Fuqua Computing Center is fivefold:

1) Implementing, developing, and maintaining the College technology infrastructure.

2) Providing technology training and support for general-use software.

3) Life-cycle technology planning, development, implementation, and support.

4) Assuring stability, reliability, and security of all applications, systems, and networks.

5) Developing, maintaining, and assuring compliance with technology-related policies and procedures.

Location and Facilities

Located in Johns Auditorium, the Computing Center serves as the Enterprise Information Portal of the Hampden-Sydney community. In addition to housing all centralized computing systems which support the administrative and academic processes of the College, the Computing Center houses a general-use lab facility for student, faculty, and staff use. All lab machines provide standard productivity software applications, in addition to web, e-mail, and video-conferencing capabilities.

Administrative Systems

The Computing Center implements and maintains the systems, applications, and infrastructure which support the business processes of the institution. This service is achieved by constantly assessing infrastructure performance and use, and addressing these areas either by modifying existing services and processes, or by incorporating new technology to support the needs of users.

Academic Computing

The Computing Center serves as Tier 2 support for all instructional technology initiatives at the College. Academic computing is housed in the Walter M. Bortz III Library. The Computing Center provides implementation, management, and support services for academic computing systems and servers.

Client Services

The commitment of the Computing Center is to offer professional-level technology services for all constituents of the Hampden-Sydney community. The Client Services division of the Computing Center operates the College Technology Helpdesk, is responsible for all associated support tasks, and provides end-user training for general-use/standard software applications.

Web Services

The Web Services division of the Computing Center maintains and operates all official web sites of the College, assures integrity of all data posted on such sites, and leads the College in strategic planning and standards for all official and unofficial web pages within the "" domain.

Data Communications

Located within the J.B. Fuqua Computing Center, the Hampden-Sydney College Network Operations Center (HSCNOC) is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the Campus data communications network. The HSCNOC monitors all College Internet connections, conducts performance vs. use analysis of the telecommunications infrastructure, and performs network upgrades to ensure the speed and reliability of the campus Local Area Network (LAN). Additionally, the HSCNOC is responsible for all data communications security, as well as critical network services. The HSCNOC provides Ethernet access for each on-campus resident, dial-up connectivity to the campus LAN for members of the community, and Ethernet connectivity in numerous publicly accessible areas of the campus.

Policies and Procedure

The Computing Center develops, recommends, and assures compliance with all technology-related policies and procedures of the College.


The Museum, named for its founder and first director, strives to promote an awareness and understanding of the history of Hampden-Sydney College as it relates to its role in the history of Virginia and the United States, while serving to support and enhance the College's mission to form good men and good citizens in an atmosphere of sound learning. The Museum achieves its purpose by (1) collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of the College and the community in which it exists from the birth of the College in 1775 to the present; (2) serving as an educational outreach tool, offering a variety of changing or traveling exhibitions to highlight classroom topics and symposiums, to honor faculty achievements, and to supplement other educational programs of the College; (3) serving the general public, providing a meaningful and educational experience through publications, exhibitions, tours, lectures, and other programs; (4) offering opportunities for volunteer work and internships; and (5) maintaining a website available to the wider community.